Use this form to share this article or news release from the Town of Miami Lakes website with a friend.
Title: News from U.S. Small Business Administration Regarding Disaster Loans
Thanks for sharing! Your message has been sent!
Click here to close window.
243px-All-America City LogoMiami Lakes, FL –There is always something to be thankful for! Join the Town and its Elderly Affairs Committee for a Thanksgiving Social! Miami Lakes residents 55 years and older are invited for a good time with great friends!
For Immediate Release
November 6, 2017
Contact: Clarisell De Cardenas
Tel: 305-364-6100
U.S. Small Business Administration Approves Over $300 Million Disaster Loans in Florida; Extends Physical Damage Applications Deadline to November 24

Miami, FL – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages in Florida. Businesses and individuals with physical damages caused by Hurricane Irma should apply for SBA low-interest disaster loan before the November 24, 2017 deadline.

“Currently, 8,474 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $308,838,300 for affected survivors. The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away. Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, Saint Johns, Saint Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia in Florida which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Hamilton, Madison and Taylor in Florida; Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware in Georgia.

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

Economic injury disaster loans are also available to provide disaster related working capital to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional information on recovery centers and the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. For more information about SBA recovery assistance, visit

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is November 24, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.


Supporting Documents

SBA Fact Sheet - Disaster Loans

SBA Homeowner Flyer

SBA Business Flyer



For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit